Here’s another nice spread from the Brain Smith Blues Photo Book, updating those posted here in earlier days. We don’t know the name of the lady in the centre, she worked for the promoters Harold Davison, and adds a little glamour to this great backstage shot of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at the Free Trade Hall in 1964.

Next to them in this spread is Alex Harvey, whom our designer was delighted to spot amongst Brian’s surviving negatives. “I am about a decade behind Brian, and Alex was actually one of the first live bands I ever saw in 1971.” This is the ONLY shot Brian took. As he explains, film and money were short and the venue was packed! But Alex was an important player in the UK soul and blues scene and we felt the shot was well worth including.

Easy Books are now gearing up again after another period where health issues have had a big impact, as Ann who handles all the office side of matters (from accounts to packaging!) has been waiting for a hip replacement for a couple of years through covid. She has at last had her operation done and is getting on well, so we can at last move this title forward to the print stage.